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The Reader – Public safety survey

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THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011

Take the public safety survey – tell us what you think!
Mayor Mike McGinn has launched a new tool to gather input on public safety from Seattle residents. An online survey, drafted by a team of graduate students at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, will help determine residents' public safety concerns in their own neighborhoods and on public transportation. The survey also gives residents an opportunity to anonymously offer their opinions on the police and public safety in Seattle. Evans School students will deliver paper copies of the survey to targeted locations, and will actively solicit responses from traditionally underrepresented communities. The results will be presented to the mayor by mid-May. Please fill out the survey by clicking here – and once you're done, please share the link with your family, friends, and neighbors.


City ethics commission to partner with school district
Earlier this month Mayor McGinn called on Seattle Public Schools to fundamentally change their culture, and he offered the City’s help to make these changes happen. As a first step, this week Seattle Public Schools announced it is entering into agreement with the City to contract the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission to provide independent investigations, policy review, and training to the school district. Mayor McGinn applauded Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield and the school board for taking this significant step toward creating a new culture of accountability. We remain committed to further partnerships with school district to help them improve their operations and improve student achievement. You can read more about this agreement here.


Seattle's Transit Master Plan: Our transit future
We’re hard at work on the new Transit Master Plan, which will show us the transit corridors in the city that are the highest priority for providing higher capacity modes, including rail and bus rapid transit, to connect our neighborhoods. The first phase of the plan is now complete, including the results of our online public survey. The top two priorities in the survey were "add light rail between major destinations" and "make the buses faster and more reliable." It also includes an analysis of where Seattle stands in comparison to other cities and a market analysis of how people get around Seattle, showing us where people's needs are being met and where there are gaps we need to address.

The second phase will begin soon, and it will will prioritize approximately 15 high demand corridors; assign high capacity transit modes to several of those corridors; recommend speed and reliability improvements on other priority corridors; and develop a capital projects list and funding plan for all future investments. You can read more about what we've learned in the Transit Master Plan here.


Upcoming Events (for more see http://seattle.gov/Engage/access.htm):

March 24: Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) emergency planning class, Rainier Beach Branch Library, 9125 Rainier Ave S., 6:30 p.m.

March 28: South Lake Union EIS public hearing, Unity Church, 200 8th Ave N, 5:30 p.m.

April 3: Financial Fitness Day, Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S., 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

April 6: Town Hall with Mayor McGinn, Ballard High School Commons, 1418 NW 65th St, 5:30 p.m.


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